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  • Home > Stay Safe > Electrical Safety Tips > Summer Electrical Safety Tips

    Summer Electrical Safety Tips

    Photo of a danger sign from a substationWork Safely Around Electricity

    • Look up and around – always be aware of the location of power lines.
    • Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep equipment and yourself at least 10 feet from lines.
    • Never trim trees near power lines – if you see a tree growing too near power lines, call us at (503) 397-1844 to report it.
    • Never climb a utility pole, and never attach anything to a utility pole.
    • If your project includes digging, like building a deck or planting a tree, call (800) 332-2344 for underground locates at least two business days before you dig. This service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted, and can help you avoid serious injury.
    • Electricity and water do not mix! If its raining or the ground is wet, avoid using electric yard tools.
    • Protect outdoor electrical outlets with weatherproof covers and ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Indoor outlets near water sources should also have GFCIs.

    Play Safely Around Electricity

    • Stay away from power lines.  Always assume they are "live and dangerous".
    • Never climb trees near power lines.
    • Never touch outdoor wires with any part of your body or other objects.
    • Fly kites and model airplanes in large open areas like a park or a field, safely away from trees and overhead power lines. If a kite gets stuck in a tree that is near power lines, do not climb up to get it.
    • Never go into an electric substation for any reason - even on a dare. Electric substations contain high-voltage equipment, which can kill you. Never rescue a pet that goes inside. Call your local electric utility instead.
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